Liquid Sky (1983)
Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 1
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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 0
Average Rating: 3.5/5
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A glitzy updating of Andy Warhol's Trash with aliens, this campy, stylish, but ultimately depressing film is one of the most keenly observed portraits of New York's early '80s downtown new wave scene. Anne Carlisle, who co-wrote the script, is terrific in a dual role as the wan lesbian Margaret and her arrogant gay nemesis, Jimmy. Tiny space aliens see Margaret shooting up and choose her to feed their heroin-like addiction to a substance produced in the human brain during sexual climax. Her
Jan 1, 1983 Wide
Feb 15, 2000
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Liquid Sky is an odd, yet generally pleasing mixture of punk rock, science fiction, and black humor.
Anne Carlisle, who stars as both the model and her creepy male counterpart, projects a disturbing and original aura of opaque, ingrained despair.
A bizarre, often hilarious melee of weird drugs, weird sex and off-the-wall camp SF.
[This] film, with a heroine who is sometimes a hero and who is apt to show up in a red corset with matching red-and-blond skunk hairdo, can hardly be for everyone. But the right audiences are bound to appreciate the originality displayed here.
Knowingly kitsch, Liquid Sky uses the most basic effects and featuring music and fashion that were cutting edge at the time, it now looks fashionably retro.
Liquid Sky is one of the forerunners of the quirky American independent movement that exchanged substance for style, and, love it or hate it, is a true original.
Outrageous fun, this film is New Wave chic, satire, self-parody, science fiction, and certainly one of the more accessible independent features ever made.
Capturing the manner and humor of a comic strip about punk culture, Liquid Sky is the brain product of Slava Tsukerman, a Soviet emigre in NY; like the aliens in his cult flick, he explores the exotic pleasures denied him in his native country.
Bad, but sometimes fascinating. It's genuinely strange and, at least, truly independent.
Truly a punk quirk film...
A creepy performance by Anne Carlisle makes this watchable
Since its unmemorable release in 1982, the Warhol-esque Liquid Sky has developed a rather significant cult following.
Audience Reviews for Liquid Sky
- Margaret: Let's go dancing! What else is there to do?
- Margaret: You wanted to know where I'm from? I'm from Connecticut, Mayflower stock. I was taught that my prince would come, and he would be a lawyer, and I would have his children. And on the weekends we would barbecue. And all the other princes and their princesses would come, and they would say, "Delicious, delicious." Oh, how boring.
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